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BikerDude24

Member since Sep 2010 • Last active Aug 2011
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    ps the Runner up prize of £50 Bike vouchers aint bad!

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    Heads up to everyone who has an eye on a new bike shed - Asgard are giving away a brand new Access Bike Shed - click here for more details
    http://shedforce.com/2011/07/27/win-an-a­ccess-bike-storage-unit-with-cycling-act­ive-magazine
    In association with Cycling Active Enter before 20th August!

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    As a commuter for some time through some awful city traffic in an area that is currently no1 for car accidents in the UK (never hit) my road rules as follows:

    Assume the car driver has not seen you at all times

    If you approach a line of traffic at lights make it REALLY obvious you are there. I always have flashing lights on regardless of sun, rain, snow what ever. They are not for me to see, but to be seen. A couple of powerful white ones with a regular pulse resemble a Police car behind (in winter they flash off road signs) and you are instantly noticed.

    When you approach the car at the front of the line, check the lights in the opposite direction, are they about to change???

    If so, wait in front of the 2nd car and point you flashing lights into the wing mirror of the 1st car. They both now know you are there.

    If not pull in front of the 1st car by at least a bike length and look at the drivers face (normally they are looking right at the lights preparing to turn left – if you are lucky they indicate) – and give the bell a ting. (IF the lights have just hit red I will often approach on the RH side of the car and pull across the front of him so he has to see me) – this will annoy the driver – but better that than running you down.
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    [FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=3]In open traffic don’t hug the kerb, get yer bum 1/3 into the road. If you leave a gap that a car might just squeeze through, they will try and clip you. If you hog a narrow city road for a little while and force them to hold back it’s safer for you, when the road widens you can then edge across and let them through. [/SIZE][/FONT]
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    [FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=3]Rule of thumb with trucks is keep away, always stay behind them. They can hit you and never even know.[/SIZE][/FONT]
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    [FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=3]My thoughts are it’s my life in danger so I put myself in control of the road.[/SIZE][/FONT]
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    Assume the car driver has not seen you at all times
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    Quick question. I can't find any where on the net about what trains I can take my bike on - before I call and get put on hold for 2 hrs does anyone know of a website I could find out. Leeds - Stoke in particular. I know the rule of thumb is it's ok after 10 ish and before 3ish .. I never taken a bike on a train before

    Cheers

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    Ooh I like this thread. I have reported 2 idiot bus drivers for hassling me on my commute. Both were disciplined and had to write me a letter of apology (separate occasions). That may sound harsh and petty for me to tell tales, but a bus is several tonnes - get hit by a car you may live, hit by a bus and it’s good night! These guys are professional drivers with 40 odd people on their vehicle – they carry a lot of responsibility, so sitting on my back wheel in a 30 zone when I’m doing 28mph – revving his engine, and forcing his way past, only to stop to pick up 10 meters down the road and then to repeat the process is crazy. I now have a helmet cam which I bought off eBay (£40) – So if I am hit I have proof. Last week some tool in a 911 was wheel spinning and mini drifting on a main road at 6pm. Crazy
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    [SIZE=3][FONT=Times New Roman]I am new here (only a week or so) so I have been looking through some of your older threads.. this one is amazing. I had no idea so many bikes are getting nicked then stuck on Gumtree.. I also steer clear of ebay “used components” – but selling on full bikes. Friend of mine had his stolen from his garage last month I assumed it was kids (specialized full sus) Now I’m looking out for it every time a bike goes past me[/FONT][/SIZE]

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    This is a brilliant thread. I'm not very technical, but looking at this I reckon I could strip my old Trek down and respray it myself. Does it have to be powder coated?? I was thinking of stripping it donw myself and then getting it resprayed at a car resprayers (actually spraying my self) would that work?? Car paint???

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    Hi - where exactly can you get this sort of book from?? Amazon is often out of stock and I can never find these in local shops... I'm idealling looking for trails in the Yorkshire area. I can find loads in Derb (not far) Loads in a and around York.. none for teh leeds/Huddersfield area ..

    Cheers

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